Voters group demands stance on biodiesel

Before making any endorsements for the November 2006 statewide elections, the Illinois League of Conservation Voters (LCV) will ask each candidate running for the state legislature about their stance on biodiesel.

Not only must a candidate understand the importance of developing and using biodiesel as a renewable fuel source, they must also be willing to pass favorable legislation once elected.

Basing endorsements on a candidate’s views on biodiesel has never before been done by the LCV. The group is the first purely political environmental organization in Illinois to strongly advocate for farmers in this way.

“Elected officials hold the power to positively influence our environmental future and the Illinois LCV will hold elected officials accountable for their actions,” said Amanda Espitia, the organization’s executive director. “If a candidate promises that they will take action on biodiesel if elected, we will hold them to it and make sure biodiesel is developed legislatively.”

An Illinois LCV endorsement for a candidate for state office includes direct voter contact by the organization’s volunteers and staff. In targeted races, the Illinois LCV endorsement includes full-time staff members donated to the campaign, financial support, the use of campaign strategists, access to their activists within each district, as well as targeted mailings to voters.

The Illinois LCV supports farmers who diligently work to grow agricultural products that will ultimately help the United States reduce its dependence on foreign oil as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

For more than 30 years, LCV has played a major role in this nation’s environmental movement. The Illinois LCV is the only environmental organization in this state dedicated full-time to electing a pro-environment majority.

The Illinois LCV was recently active in the campaign for Sandy Cole, who won her party’s nomination as the Republican candidate for representative in the 62nd Legislative District in Lake County. They also helped elect Debra Shore, who won as a Democratic candidate for Commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District in March’s primary election.

For information about how to contact state elected officials or want to get involved in the group, e-mail, call 312-731-6108 or visit the Web site at

From the June 28-July 4, 2006, issue

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